Kashay actually means medicinal liquid. The original recipe for kashayi is more complicated with very different and has difficult to get ingredients. When my Mother named some of the ingredients I didn't understand what they were! They are supposed to be good remedies for stomachache, constipation, cold, heat, gas problem etc,. All in one ! To make it simple the recipe is simplified, not by me traditionally instead with very common ingredients which we have in our kitchen all the time.
For powder :
1 cup coriander seeds
1/2 cup cumin seeds
1/4 cup fennel seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional)
Roast all the ingredients and powder coarsely.
To prepare two cups of Kashayi :
1 cup water
1 cup whole milk
3 teaspoons sugar (depends on your taste for sweetness)
Boil 1 cup water in a small deep pan add 2 teaspoons of kashayi powder. Boil for 2-3 mins. If you prefer stronger concentrate boil for one more minute. Strain the kashayi.
Add 1 cup of hot milk and sugar to Kashayi. Serve hot.
I do not add sugar. For me the kashayi taste with milk feels very good.